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    Mike Thompson

    VP Partner Development, Benson Hill

    Mike joined Benson Hill in 2016 as Vice President of Partner Development. He is responsible for driving adoption of natural and novel next-generation traits developed through Benson Hill’s proprietary technology and know-how. Prior to joining Benson Hill, Mike served as Director of Global Sales and Market Development for Illumina’s Agriculture business. Mike joined Illumina in 2008 and was responsible for advancing the use of genomic approaches to crop and livestock markets and driving sales strategies to grow Illumina’s business within the Agriculture sector. Previous roles include managing the DNA Technologies division of BioDiagnostics, Inc. Mike held a postdoctoral research associate position at the University of Arizona, Tucson, where he worked on the molecular biology and evolution of euglena chloroplast introns. Mike holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and Biology from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a Ph.D. degree in plant
    molecular biology from the University of Minnesota.